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Arizona shuns second-hand asbestos claims

The state of Arizona, on September 20, ruled out that people who have developed respiratory illnesses as a result of indirect asbestos exposure could not file a claim, a report of Arizona Capitol Times stated.

A first of its kind, judges at the Arizona Court of Appeals concluded that Reynolds Metal Co. is not “legally responsible” for the mesothelioma disease that killed Ernest Quiroz in 2014. In the lawsuit filed by his relatives, it claimed that Ernest unknowingly inhaled asbestos fibers from his father’s clothing and vehicle. Ernest’s father contacted asbestos while working at Reynolds Metal. In Arizona law, employers or property owners can no longer be held responsible to invitees or employees who are no longer present in their properties. Judges made the ruling due to concerns that they cannot control a surge of asbestos exposure claims as people might be exposed to the hazardous dust in many ways.

Mesothelioma is a rare kind of respiratory cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos dust is tiny and it could be passed indirectly by individuals to their loved ones. If you want to know more about the dangers of asbestos and how a lawyer may possibly get you treatment funds, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

PA contractor sued for breach of contract suspicion and asbestos violations

A lawsuit was recently filed against a demolition contractor in Pennsylvania after they were accused of breaking a contract on a project last year and for being negligent in removing asbestos minerals, a September 20 article of the Weirton Daily Times reported.

The plaintiff, identified as Ronald Cross, is claiming that Unis Demolition breached a 2015 project contract by demolishing and conducting asbestos abatement in the old AIR building in New Cumberland. According to the lawsuit filed in Hancock County Circuit Court, Unis did not fulfill the terms of the contract with Cross and extracted metals from the facility considered valuable. Unis caused financial loss equivalent to $21,400 as a result of their actions. The demolition began in January 2015 and was stopped in April of the same year after authorities detected asbestos inside the facility. Agents from the Department of Environmental Protection later discovered Unis violated asbestos removal regulations. The company’s owners, identified as Joan Unis and Ralph Unis, were also identified as defendants in the lawsuit.

Such negligence, unfortunately, can cause fatal illnesses linked to asbestos exposure. However, if you or a loved one developed a respiratory illness as the result of someone else’s negligence with asbestos, a lawyer can help you obtain compensation. Fill out the contact form on this page to get in touch with a representative about your case.

City of Orlando avoided fines after asbestos exposure issue

A recent court hearing concluded that the Orlando Fire Department and the city will no longer need to settle fines in connection to an asbestos violation that resulted in the exposure of their crews, a September 13 article of WFTV9 reported.

According to reports, the fire department and the city of Orlando were asked to settle $25,000 for every asbestos violation after crews were exposed to asbestos in February at a training facility on Mercy Drive. Deputy Chief Gerald Lane said the recent hearing compelled the fire department to organize a training program to help improve their communication. Lane noted the fire department does not have any immunity from the affected fire crew members who wish to file damage claims, but he feels the case’s verdict was beneficial for everyone.

Asbestos is a fire-retardant mineral that has been banned due to its carcinogenic nature. People often suffer from a serious respiratory illness called mesothelioma after accidentally inhaling asbestos. However, if you believe unlawful asbestos exposure happened to you, seeking a lawyer’s help can also be a beneficial way to help you obtain compensation. Learn more about your options by filling out the contact form on this page today.

Century-old facility in North Georgia scheduled for demolition and asbestos removal

The vintage mill in LaFayette that was severely damaged by fire is expected to undergo demolition and asbestos cleanup procedures after its owner reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a September 3 article in Times Free Press reported.

According to reports, Drennon Crutchfield in August agreed with the EPA to shoulder the expenses needed to demolish and remove asbestos from the Barwick Mills. An old building in the facility that was believed to have contained asbestos minerals was abandoned after it was destroyed the fire last November. EPA staff David Andrews had confirmed that the building’s ceilings and plumbing system had used asbestos. Residents near the carpet mill were advised not to go out of their house after the fire due to levels of particles presence in the air. Crutchfield is expected to spend $850,000 in the whole asbestos abatement and demolition jobs that could last before December, Andrews also said.

Asbestos is a highly toxic mineral that can cause mesothelioma cancer when it gets through the lungs. Though there is no known cure for the disease, there are several expensive treatments available to prolong a patient’s life. If you want to know more about asbestos hazards and how an attorney may work for you, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.





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